Sa Pa, with its cool climate all year round, is an attractive eco retreat destination for those who love mountains and forests and want to experience the wildlife and the breathtaking natural landscape of the Northwest Vietnam. Here, we list 8 most visited places in Sapa, and offer our highlights to each.
Fansipan Terrace Cafe
Fansipan Terrace is a homestay with a cafeteria on the highside, with an open-air space and stunning view. It’s located on Fansipan Street, 700m far from the stone church of Sapa, quite easy to find. With the simple table sets and flower pots decorated along the balcony, the Cafe offers guests an airy ambiance and romantic sense, ideal for couples’ dating place. Actually this is just one corner of the property, the rest is the homestay which is very beautiful and comfortable; and a favorite accommodation for guests in this amazing town.
Lightly sipping a cup of coffee among sky and panoramic mountain view, mingling with early morning fog to enjoy the peace of the morning and soaking in the herbal bath tub overlooking the mountains and forests at this homestay is absolutely free for days away from the city.
The Silver Fall
Thac Bac (The Silver Fall) is about 12 km (7.5 miles) away from Sa Pa town. From the ravines of hundreds of meters high, the water tumbles and rumbles as it gushes down hill with foam white and sparkling like silver. The torrents can be heard from afar and echo in the forest which will add beauty and majesty to the wilderness of Sapa. The waterfall is very close to the National Route and very easy to reach.
The Heaven Gate of Sapa is near the Silver Fall. Standing at the gate to the sky in Sapa, you can feel the entire beauty of Fansipan peak. The landscape below is the deep mountain abyss with primary forest which is home to a lot of mysterious and undiscovered creatures. The Heaven Gate is located on the border between Lai Chau and Lao Cai, although it is quite far from the center of the city and the road is so rough but it’s really worth chasing.
The Fansipan peak
Reaching the Fansipan peak is a great challenge for many of tourists who like adventures. With its geographic location to the northwest of the Lao Cai Province in Sapa District. At 3,143 meters, Mt Fansipan is considered the roof of Indochina.
There’s another choice to conquer the Fansipan peak: Reaching the roof of Indochina by taking a cable car.
Stone Church of Sapa
The stone church of Sapa was built by the French from the early 20th century in the center of the town. This place has been embellished but still bearing the features of Western ancient architecture and become an indispensable place on the must-go list in the foggy Sapa town.
Cat Cat village
As a small cultural village at the foot of the Hoang Lien Mountains, Cat Cat Village is the most desirable cultural spot to visit in Sapa. Cat Cat Village is located not far from the central town (about 2km towards Fansipan), where is home to the Mong ethnic minority. You can join in the lives of local people: how they building houses, embroider their dresses, and taste their unique cuisine, cultural customs; all will make you extremely surprised!
Photographing with indigenous people is also a memorable experience Sapa.
Haven Sapa Hostel & Campsite
The Haven Sapa Camp Site is located in the most beautiful location of Sapa
This is a new retreat in Sapa for travelers. Located right at the gateway to Cat Cat Village, the resort has a campsite located on Vong Canh Hill (San Tu Ho Commune), with stunning views down to Sa Pa Mountain. This resort features very eye-catching design and convenient service system with an outdoor bar, camping area, a 360-degree bar on the hilltop between Muong Hoa valley, cinema, restaurant and BBQ facilities. You can enjoy and experience the open-air BBQ in the bar or camp in nature and watch the stars at night here.
Red Dao Herbal Baths
Not only an ideal site for eco retreat, Sapa is also a wellness retreat: you can relax and refresh herbal baths of the Red Dao. Soaking up in the herbal bath while admiring the stunning view of mountains and forests of the Northwest through the window will help restore and maintain the body’s natural wellbeing.